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Gov. Baker: Plan Would Devote Over $1B To Affordable Housing

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wants to devote more than $1 billion to affordable housing over the next five years with the goal of preserving or creating 5,000 units.The Republican says the proposal will support existing housing programs and also finance efforts to maintain affordable housing that is at risk of flipping to market rate.

Under his capital plan, investments in public and affordable housing would increase by eight percent in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and 18 percent over the course of the plan.

Baker says it would help local housing authorities and encourage the private construction of affordable housing.

The plan comes as Massachusetts faces a housing squeeze due to high demand.

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